Student Killed Weeks Before Graduating

James "Mike" Nobles was looking forward to graduating from Oklahoma Baptist University on May 19, making plans in late April to attend the ceremony.

An alleged drunk driver struck and killed Nobles Monday night, April 30, on the Broken Arrow Expressway in Tulsa.

The 32-year-old husband and father was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics after the 7:30 p.m. collision near the Sheridan Road exit. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters, ages 5 and 3.

He was less than three weeks away from graduating from OBU with an associates degree in Christian studies through the Ministry Training Institute.

"We were looking forward to seeing Mike and his family at graduation," said Dr. Dick Rader, dean of religious life and director of MTI. "He had called just last week to make arrangements to be here for the senior reception and graduation. We are saddened by his untimely death."

Nobles had taken MTI courses in Tulsa since 1996.

"This was his last semester. I had just helped him put his r}sum} together," said Michael Stick, who was one of Nobles